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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Bets for the 2010-2011 EPL Season by Chris Behrens

A guest post by Chris Behrens of SoccerPro for World Football Commentaries

July 14, 2010 - Chicago, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES - epa02248637 Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson (C) stands with Irish player John O'Shea (L) and Bulgarian player Dimitar Berbatov (R) during an unveiling of the new team jersey for the 2010-11 season with logo of AON sponsor at the Niketown store in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 14 July 2010.

1). Sir Alex Ferguson Will Insult More Than 3 Referees.

It happens every year. This is a lock. Nothing left to say

2). There Won’t Be A Game With 10 Goals or More

Tottenham’s 9-1 beat-down of Wigan Athletic was a real rarity. Nobody has the heart to beat a team that badly again or just simply give up. Unless you combine the ruthlessness of Chelsea and the hopelessness of Blackpool. A sleeper that I may be wrong on this bet.

Mar. 27, 2010 - United Kingdom - Football - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton Barclays Premier League - Molineux - 27/3/10..Everton's Jack Rodwell in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers' Matthew Jarvis (L.

3). Jack Rodwell Will Become A Great Player

He has loads of potential already and has looked terrific in preseason. At 19, Rodwell has a chance to become one of the most sought after transfers and an England international by the end of the season.

July 11, 2010 - South Africa - Football - Holland v Spain FIFA World Cup Final - South Africa 2010 - Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - 11/7/10..Spain's Fernando Torres celebrates winning the World Cup.

4). Fernando Torres will appear less than 25 times, yet score at least 15 times

The knee really seems to be an issue for the struggling Spanish International. He still will have a major impact on the time, but his time will be limited, despite Liverpool’s best efforts to wheelchair him out onto the field.

July 17, 2010 - United Kingdom - Football - Barnet v Arsenal Pre Season Friendly - Underhill - 17/7/10..Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs (L) and Theo Walcott before the match.

5). Theo Walcott will finally be revealed as only really fast, not really good

Speed is an essential part of the Premier League game. However, it can only get you so far, despite popular belief. Walcott may be the fastest player in the league, but he also has shown repeatedly he cannot be a reliable starter. It’s a make or break year for the 20-year old and I say he flounders, again.

July 16, 2010 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 16 July 2010 Toronto, Ontario: Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs  traps the pass against Celtic FC during Friday nights soccer match game, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. At the half Manchester United was winning by a score of 1-0 on a goal from Dimitar Berbatov.

6). Ryan Giggs Will Continue To Be Amazing

He’s only 36. At this rate, he’s got till 40. A true legend for Manchester United.

July 17, 2010 - United Kingdom - Football - Barnet v Arsenal Pre Season Friendly - Underhill - 17/7/10..Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the match.

7). Arsene Wenger Will Field a Team of School Children in a Cup Game

Arsenal’s over-reliance on young talent will reach an all time low when in a 3rd round FA Cup game, Wenger opts to field a team consisting of players no older than the age of 17, all from Arsenal’s youth academy.

8). Blackpool Will Be Relegated

After shockingly qualifying for the playoff rounds of the Championship League, finishing in 6th, Blackpool amazingly upset Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City to earn a place in the top 20 of English football. They didn’t deserve it. It was a fluke. Don’t bother getting to know the player’s names. They’ll all be gone in a year. Don’t Worry.

PORTLAND, OR - JULY 17: Craig Bellamy  of Manchester City of battles Derek Gaudet  the Portland Timbers during a friendly match on July 17, 2010 at Merlo Field in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

9). Manchester City will be linked with every top player

When you have billions of dollars to spend, you might as well spend it. Expect every top striker or attack-minded player in the world to be linked with a move to City.

Chelsea soccer captain John Terry (C) holds a scarf while riding with the team on an open-top bus after winning the double -- the FA Cup final and England's Premier League championship -- during a parade through Chelsea in London May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

10). The Top Three Will Be Exactly the Same, In That Order

Chelsea will win the league, Manchester United will be runners-up, and Arsenal will take 3rd. Don’t expect any new club to crack the top three this upcoming season. Manchester City have an outside shot at it, with the addition of Yaya Toure, David Silva, and Jerome Boateng to an already solid lineup.

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Chris Behrens works for SoccerPro.com has written for a variety of soccer sites.

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